Turmeric: The genus Curcuma

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P. N. Ravindran, K. Nirmal Babu, Kandaswamy Sivaraman
CRC Press, Mar 1, 2007 - Science - 504 pages
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For the last 6000 years turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to alleviate pain, balance digestion, purify body and mind, clear skin diseases, expel phlegm, and invigorate the blood. Nowadays, this plant has acquired great importance with its anti-aging, anti-cancer, anti-Altzheimer, antioxidant, and a variety of other medicinal properties. The need of the hour is to verify and validate the traditional uses by subjecting them to proper experimental studies. To do this effectively there needs to be a single comprehensive source of the knowledge to date.

Turmeric: the genus Curcuma is the first comprehensive monographic treatment on turmeric. It covers all aspects of turmeric including botany, genetic resources, crop improvement, processing, biotechnology, pharmacology, medicinal and traditional uses, and its use as a spice and flavoring. Bringing together the premier experts in the field from India, Japan, UK, and USA, this book offers the most thorough examination of the cultivation, market trends, processing, and products as well as pharmacokinetic and medicinal properties of this highly regarded spice. While Ayurveda has known for millennia that turmeric cleanses the body, modern science has now discovered that it produces glutathione-s-transferase that detoxifies the body and therefore strengthens the liver, heart, and immune system. By comparing traditional uses with modern scientific discoveries, the text provides a complete view of the medicinal value and health benefits of turmeric. Heavily referenced with an exhaustive bibliography at the end of each chapter, the book collects and collates the currently available data on turmeric.

Covering everything from cultivation to medicine, Turmeric: the Genus Curcuma serves as an invaluable reference for those involved with agriculture, marketing, processing or product development, and may function as a catalyst for future research into the health benefits and applications of turmeric.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Turmeric The Golden Spice of Life
1
Chapter 2 Botany and Crop Improvement of Turmeric
15
Chapter 3 Phytochemistry of the Genus Curcuma
71
Chapter 4 Biotechnology of Turmeric and Related Species
107
Chapter 5 Agronomy of Turmeric
129
Chapter 6 Diseases of Turmeric
155
Chapter 7 Insect Pests of Turmeric
169
Chapter 8 Postharvest Technology and Processing of Turmeric
193
Chapter 11 Turmeric Production Marketing and Economics
369
Chapter 12 Turmeric in Traditional Medicine
409
Chapter 13 Turmeric as Spice and Flavorant
437
Chapter 14 Other Economically Important
451
Chapter 15 Turmeric Production Constraints Gaps and Future Vision
469
Epilogue
477
Index
479
Back cover
485

Chapter 9 Bioactivity of Turmeric
257
Chapter 10 Curcumin Biological and Medicinal Properties
297

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